More than a dozen European nations are considering the option of last resort in the fight to prevent the biennial World Cups: quitting FIFA, according to two people familiar with the talks.
By ROB HARRIS AP Global Football Editor
Plans to double the frequency of the World Cups were presented by FIFA President Gianni Infantino in a private conversation Tuesday with many leaders from the 55 European member associations who are resisting the transformation of the global game.
Behind the scenes, UEFA, the European football body, has already heard from more than a dozen federations consider informing FIFA of their intention to withdraw their membership in the world governing body, told the Associated Press people with knowledge of the situation. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss confidential discussions.
A threat to leave FIFA would confirm what the Nordic federations hinted at as options when the six-nation group attacked the plan last week.
“If a majority of FIFA decides to adopt a proposal on the FIFA World Cups (biennials), the Nordic football associations will have to consider other actions and scenarios closer to our core values than what the proposal represents. current FIFA, ”said the joint statement from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands.
Infantino, who works with former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to secure support for the World Cups every two years, says the plans would help more nations qualify to play on the bigger stage.